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 Post subject: BBC Radio 5 Live uses "Robot" as a news item intro
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:30 pm 
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Listening to Radio 5 Live while driving, earlier, I was surprised when they started playing a bit of "Robot" - the part where Bob's singing about the Three Laws. I was also a bit worried! The presenter then told us something to the effect that that was space-rock band Hawkwind, and then she namechecked Calvert, then said something like "where Hawkwind lead, the E.U. [European Union] is bound to follow."

I was deeply puzzled by now, but it turned out politicians have been discussing robot safety.

The news story is also *here* and this is an extract:

Politicians in Europe are warning that EU-wide rules on robots and artificial intelligence need to be introduced. MEPs have been discussing if to give robots legal status as "electronic persons", and they're also considering if they should be fitted with a kill switch in case humans need to take back control.

 Post subject: Re: BBC Radio 5 Live uses "Robot" as a news item intro
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:03 pm 
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There seems to be a definite economic drive behind the development of intelligent robotic technologies - personally, I think an 'off' switch is a good idea.

Even better might be actually paying human beings to work in a sustainable economy.

This post from last month links to a very interesting piece - 'The Rise of the Robots' - which itself contains links to many other interesting pieces.....


Even more worrying is the seemingly inevitable move towards 'killer robots' - robotic military drone technology with the ability to make decisions on when and who to attack.

Ned Ludd may have had the right idea. :wink:


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